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44 Lake Wales Area Resident and Visitor Guide Lake Wales a Great Place to be Overview Welcome to Lake Wales the Crown Jewel of the Ridge. Voted the friendliest small town in Florida its unique history and architecture diverse accommodations environmental cultural and recreational attractions charming shops and restaurants make the Lake Wales area a great place to live. Its friendly residents the true jewels in the Lake Wales crown also welcome visitors to take time out from the mundane to discover a better way of life and a great place to work relax and play. Although the early city planners of Lake Wales could not have foreseen the tremendous growth Florida would see in the areas rst 60 years these forefathers had the vision to create a community design that still works well today. It all began by discover- ing the perfect location. The City of Lake Wales 19 square miles in size with an estimated 15000 residents is situated along the states geographical ridge which at 298 feet boasts the highest elevation in the peninsular Florida. This advantageous location gives Lake Wales a climate rich in Florida sunshine but with less humidity than the coastal areas. Daytime tempera- tures rarely exceed the mid-90s during the summer and seldom fall below the 60s in winter. Yearly rainfall averages 48 inches occurring mostly in late spring and summer. This pleasant atmosphere is further enhanced by rolling hills a carpet of lush green citrus trees and the inviting waters of numerous lakes. Enjoy an early morning walk on the trail around Lake Wailes visit the lush gardens surrounding our world-renowned bell tower enjoy an outstanding concert or play or meander through our lovingly preserved historic downtown district. During the season you might catch the annual two- day Art Show by the lake experience music by artists from around the world during the International Carillon festival party at the Mardi Gras celebration or attend productions at the Lake Wales Little Theatre a 140-seat community playhouse run by volunteers. The Lake Wales community works constantly to improve while enjoying the life built here on Floridas ridge. Today as the city continues to celebrate its proud heritage it also